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Blow-Up

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, with David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sarah Miles, Blow-Up stands as one of the most compelling visions of alienation in the mid 1960s, though it has now become fashionable to dismiss it as a dated pop artifact.

This is nonsense; the throwaway fashion world depicted by Antonioni is as relevant today as it ever was, and Hemmings’ jaded photographer remains the perfect emblem of self-absorbed narcissism, just the right reminder of another era in which evanescent celebrity trumped all other social concerns.

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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an internationally recognized scholar and writer of film history, theory and criticism. He is the author of numerous books and more than 70 articles on film and appears regularly in national media outlets discussing film and culture trends. Frame by Frame is a collection of his thoughts on a number of those topics. To contact Prof. Dixon for an interview, reach him at 402.472.6064 or wdixon1@unl.edu.

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